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  1. N I

    Hamed Haddadi Appreciation Thread

    Centers, or forwards for that matter. The team is full of PGs and SGs (Rubio, Calderón, Rodríguez, Navarro, Llull, Fernández, Abrines), but has just one SF (Claver, who had to play PF last night) and two PFs (Reyes and Ibaka, both injuried). Anyway, Spain will usually play both Gasols together from the start if history means something.
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    Hamed Haddadi Appreciation Thread

    I know what they have, but they didn't have much more on the inside yesterday than the Gasol brothers due to injuries, that's what they had to play both for so long. That's what I meant, not that they didn't have more weapons.
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    Hamed Haddadi Appreciation Thread

    Spain didn't have anything else. Reyes and Ibaka were injuried, and they had to play Claver at PF so both Gasol's wouldn't play the whole game. Marc, as usual, wasn't too focused on scoring, he played more of a passing game (had 4 assists) and defense (a game high +/-33).
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    Fiba World Cup Thread

    Don't worry about the SF, Spain doesn't have any. Claver is mainly irrelevant, so it has to be a guard playing there also. Spain will become the favorite as soon as Rubio makes a layup Seriously though, as close as it has been between the two in the last two olympics, Spain should have the edge, but they need to get their perimeter game together, because crowding the paint is much more easier in FIBA than in the NBA: no defensive 3 seconds, slighly smaller court... If you think Grizzlies games could get ugly, watchout. Now, there's always the chance that Calderón will shoot well, that Navarro will emerge when needed, and maybe even that Claver will be finally usefull for this team.
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    Athleticism And Jordan Adams

    Go look at how high Luol Deng, Caron Butler, Martell Webster or Monta Ellis jumped in the combine.
  6. IMO Marc trimming down so much has more to do with his knee than the contract year. Much more.
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    Fiba World Cup Thread

    Nah, just kidding, great post:
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    Grizz Free Agency Rumor Thread

    Pau got that because he decided to pick a destiny. I don't know how much weigh we can put on this contract, he rejected a higher amount from LA, around what Zach got.
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    Grizz Free Agency Rumor Thread

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    Demarre Carroll And Jamaal Tinsley Are.....

    Meanwhile, we are tied for 1st in the NBA. Pargo had a good game for us, too. If he finally got it, good for him.
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    Grizzlies Vocabulary

    It depends, we usually refer to Randolph as "El gordi" (the fatty) and sometimes Marc too, so they are "Los gordis" (the fatties). Note that it's not in a despective tone at all, it's more of an affectionate nickname. Slimming down is not going to change that As you see, we are extremely affectionate over there: Ositos (teddy bears), even Ositos Amorosos (Care Bears, remember the show) back when we defended even less, Los gordis...
  12. He is as much of a concern as anyone else. You put a taller, better defensive player in his place and you can cover the PG or SG nightmare matchups every nigth. I mean, we are not getting so much out of Conley on the offensive end (and I'm not talking points, I'm talking about running the team) that we would miss having another player push the ball up court and give it to the scorers to let them pass among themselves if they are willing to. Right now any defensive player that we can instert in the starting five without losing offensive potential is a big plus. Conley looks like the perfect candidate for that. For instance, moving Randolph or Gasol out would probably impact our offensive balance a lot more, not to talk about our rebounding. Geez, those two are helping spacing and ball movement more than Conley.
  13. But he is the only one that doesn't have a chance to cover his defense with his offensive production.
  14. Oh, at least to me, it's not about numbers, it's about team construction. Conley's strengths should be playmaking (hopefully making the team run at the slightest opportunity) and penetrating to score or settle other players. His weaknesses are shooting, playing off the ball and defense. I do agree that based on this Conley and Mayo are not a good fit. But the thing that really bothers me is that Conley hasn't been consistently good enough with his strengths to make up for his weaknesses. He is not talented enough nor productive enough to condition the make up of the team. He lacks aggressiveness to exploit his penetration game, he doesn't really organize the offense very much, and he gets killed on the defensive end. He got a burst of confidence when the team traded Lowry, but he is back at it. He is not a scorer, he is not that good of a distributor, and he is not a fast decision maker to play up-tempo at his best. He is a half court PG that needs the ball to overdribble and is too shy to consistently beat the defense down with his quickness. And he doesn't do that to take care of the ball, or to keep turnovers down. It's his third season now, and he is not developing well. IMO we need to look in a different direction, this draft was a great occasion to do so (with Evans and Rubio, to name some), but we screwed it. what can we do now? Go after Marquis Daniels or Charlie Bell to play the defensive combo guard role? Because the other option, playing Iverson as our starting PG, does not look any good either. We already have many effective scorers, we need something different.
  15. At this point, given his production and inconsistency I'd rather have more of a defensive PG, plus we have some players that want the ball in offense. I'm not happy with what Conley gives us, when he is agressive, penetrates, and makes the team run it's good, but how often does that happen? Most of the time we have defensive dissaster and a yo-yo handler in offense. He has the tools to be a very good PG, but he doesn't have the mindset. And all in all I don't think he is the best fit for the team, but I may have a bias since I didn't like his pick from the start. Right now I would rather have a taller combo guard who can defend and be agressive on offense. With our defense the way it is, we can't afford to be passive on offense, we need to have the other team on the ropes all the time, make them put an extra effort on defense and struggle a little bit on offense.